Monday, 2 December 2013

Dead in a Ditch - Christians Massacred in Nigeria

Babies, children and pregnant women were among more than forty people massacred in central Nigeria in renewed attacks on Christians. The attack on four Christian villages in the central Nigerian state of Plateau was carried out six days ago by terrorists from neighbouring Islamic areas. 

Jok Cholonm, head of Rawuru village, said that his brother and seven children had been killed.

The assailants, believed to be members of the Fulani tribe, came at around 2am on Tuesday morning, attacking the Berom communities in the villages of Katu Kapang, Daron, Tul and Rawuru.
 Captain Salisu Mustapha, Media Officer of the government’s Special Task Force (STF) in Jos, said the “attackers killed 13 persons in Katu Kapang, eight in Daron, nine in Tul and seven others in Rawuru. About five others were also reported to have sustained injuries”. Many of the victims were killed while they were sleeping and some were beheaded.
The Chairman of the State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Soja Bewarang, told World Watch Monitor. “This is a religious war against Christians. All the victims are Christians and belong to either the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) or the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA).” These two are among the most numerous denominational groups in Nigeria, numbering millions of adherents.   

Rev. Bewarang, who presided over a mass burial of 15 victims on Tuesday, has called on security forces to ensure security in remote areas, which are more vulnerable.

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